Happy Birthday

Peter Charles Muller

Once a year I get the chance
To wish you birthday cheer.
It pleases me no end to say,
I wish you another great year.

So happy birthday to you Peter,
From the bottom of my heart.
And may your good times multiply,
Till they’re flying off the chart!
By Karl Fuchs

On This Day in 1878
131 Years Ago Today
April 13, 1878 – March 8, 1899

Minnie B. “Ninia” Gregory, my 1st cousin, 3x removed, was one of twelve children born to Franklin Clemons and Shelma Statira (Shawver) Gregory.

  1. John C. Gregory
  2. Louisa Victoria Gregory
  3. Mary Claughton Gregory
  4. William Benton Gregory
  5. James M. Gregory
  6. Charles Edward Gregory
  7. Statiza Virginia Gregory (twin)
  8. Sarah Elizabeth Gregory (twin)
  9. George W. Gregory
  10. Minnie B. “Ninia” Gregory
  11. Baby Gregory
  12. Lewis F. Gregory

Below is part of the obituary for Minnie. An old discolored clipping was discovered in the scrapbook kept by Mary Jane (Davidson) Buckland. Such treasured memories are wonderful resources filling in gaps for dates, names, cemeteries, etc. Sometimes the glued and tattered papers are our only recorded proof.

Hopefully, in a few weeks, I will visit the cemetery in Clearfork where Minnie is buried. The Daniel Gregory Cemetery was visited and copied April 21, 1975 by Betty Hollowell, accompanied by Claire Fox, as told in the book Some Old Cemeteries in Tazewell County. According to the book, the cemetery is “located on Rt. 61, Clear Fork, opposite Chestnut Grove Christian Church at Shawvers Mill. There were some unmarked graves”.

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